“Those just looking at jail statistics should be targeting a reduction of crime – not a reduction of incarceration,” says Warren Mundine (pictured), contributing researcher at the Centre for Independent Studies.
Will the New Normal get a handle on vital projects which governments – Territory and local – have failed to tackle? Some issues, and there are many more, that were raised by Alice Springs News readers over the past quarter century. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Contrary to current popular opinion, crime against the person in Alice Springs is not worse than ever before, if you take the NT crime statistics as your guide: But are the base data from the police, unchecked by anyone else, reliable? And why does the categorising of NT police statistics not match with that of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which means we can't compare apples with apples? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
In a lightning visit to Alice Springs today the new Leader of the Opposition, Lia Finocchiaro, met mostly with business people and talked almost exclusively about crime. She spoke exclusively with Alice Springs News editor ERWIN CHLANDA.
Stone throwing triggers new debate about law and order, but it's a same-same debate, with parental responsibility still not getting much of a mention, nor is the view of serious commentators that not police but society much reduce crime. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. At left: NT Police Association president Paul McCue.
"Police cannot prevent the vast majority of crime; they simply respond to it. If we halved the number of police, crime would increase a little but not exponentially. Most crime is prevented by good economic and social justice policies, higher employment rates, good family solidarity, high rates of educational opportunities, and welfare assistance," according to Professor Rick Sarre (pictured). Report byERWIN CHLANDA.
The NT Southern Command has three times as many police officers, based on the ratio to the population, than the national average. Do we really need to supplement them with private security guards? Will the public debate about police recruitment switch from hysteria to a sober assessment of cost benefit? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.